The ongoing disengagement process of the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh was a “win-win situation” for both sides, says the Indian Army Chief.
However, he cautions that there was “still a long way to go” before de-escalation of conflict in the theatre and eventual de-induction of the PLA soldiers can be achieved through talks.
The Army Chief Gen MM Naravane was speaking at a talk organized by Vivekananda International Foundation on the Role of Indian Army in Dealing with National Security Challenges on Wednesday February 24, 2021.
Responding to questions on the border standoff at the end of his talk, Gen Naravane stated “The talks had a good outcome, disengagement is a very good result.” Adding, “Every move will be met resolutely.”
“China has been in the habit of making small incremental moves like in the South China Sea which were not challenged. But the Ladakh Standoff has shown that this strategy will not work with India,” the Chief said.
Phase I of Disengagement completed at Pangong Tso Lake
The Army Chief stated that the outcome at the end of the 10th round of talks was good. But, there are still some issues which are pending in Eastern Ladakh as well as other parts of Line of Actual (LAC) as well as Depsang Plains.
“While, we have achieved a lot at the end of the day, we still have a long way to go,” Gen Naravane said.